Daily Devotion Thursday, 16 August 2018
The fruit of contention
The prophet Isaiah declared that it is the height of presumption for us to contend with the Lord by not accepting who He has made us to be and by trying to be the source of our own name and works. Isa 45:9. This presumptuous attitude was also illustrated by James. He wrote, 'Come now, you who say, "Today or tomorrow we will go to such and such a city, and spend a year there and engage in business and make a profit." Yet you do not know what your life will be like tomorrow. You are just a vapour that appears for a little while and then vanishes away. Instead, you ought to say, “If the Lord wills, we will live and also do this or that." But as it is, you boast in your arrogance; all such boasting is evil".' Jas 4:13-16.
In truth, there is no profit in living by the projection of our own wisdom and the strength of our own hands. Living this way will only produce 'the deeds of the flesh', such as enmity, strife, jealousy, outbursts of anger, disputes, dissensions, factions, and envying'. Gal 5:19-21.
James tells us that a person living according to this kind of arrogant wisdom will be full of bitter jealousy and selfish ambition. Jas 3:14. They will be relentless in their pursuit of status and success. They will compare themselves to others and compete with others, ultimately trying to conquer them in order to gain an advantage over them. Those being conquered will obviously suffer significant pain and distress. However, the one trying to conquer others will also be tormented with anxiety and fear as they try to reach and maintain their goals, and will become depressed when they fail to achieve them.
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